LGBTQI+ Resources Within Reach

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex+ (LGBTQI+) or (LGBT)

 

Since the Stonewall uprising in 1969, gay and lesbian individuals have protested against    being misunderstood, mistreated, and shunned by a large part of the American society (Newton, 1994). Historically, this population has been misdiagnosed; side stepped, and despairingly researched. Resources and social services afforded heterosexuals have not only been withheld, but largely ignored with respect to LGBTQI needs and supports. Only recently has this begun to change and ebb positive toward a more equal basis in treatment.

In today’s society where the rights of all persons regardless of sexual or cultural distinction should be all inclusive, there are still pockets of people who do not agree to be fair and equal across the human spectrum. It is important to grasp social changes and cultural tides to avoid discrimination and inhumane practices. Persons would do well to study LGBTQI individuals and their plight as increasingly larger segments of the population become sexually diverse. Ensuring sensitivity and professional accountability toward fair and balanced attitudes are a part of good community relations. (Charlés, Thomas, & Thornton, 2005).

According to Hughes and Eliason (2002) due to the inclusion of homosexuality as a mental illness for so many years in psychiatry, research has suffered with respect to helping LGBTQI individuals. It was not until a sixth printing in 1973 that homosexuality was removed from the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders (DSM-II) and considered "normal" (DSM–II, 1968). In 1980, the term gender identity disorder was included to describe transgender individuals despite lack of empirical research to support the label. Johnson and Stewart (2010) report the DSM-V should consider past decisions on this evolving social construct. The concept of gender is a social occurrence that describes what it means to be a man or a woman according to society. Ideas of gender are culturally explicit and adjust over time.

LGBT National Help Center 888-843-4564 (888-THE-GNHC)

The Trevor Project LGBT Youth Crisis Line 866-488-7386 (866-4-U-TREVOR)

 

USEFUL LGBTQI+ LINKS

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Educators

  • Safe Schools Coalition: The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

Media/Blogs

  • 365 Gay News: Comprehensive LGBT news and video presented by LOGO TV.
  • The Advocate:The worlds leading gay news source.
  • Bilerico Project: Blog with daily experiments in all issues relating to LGBTQ.
  • Blabbeando:LGBT pop culture and politics from a Latino perspective.
  • Gay City News:Twice monthly newspaper for New York's LGBT community.
  • Gay Parent Magazine: LGBT friendly resources for building and nurturing families.
  • LOGO TV:24 hour LGBT cable & internet TV channel.
  • Mombian: Blog for lesbian/bisexual mothers or those considering parenting.

Medical/Health

Miscellaneous

 Parents & Families Support

  • ACLU's Get Busy/Get Equal: Information and resources to improve the lives of LGBT people.
  • Atticus Circle: Dedicated to educating and mobilizing straight allies to advance equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender partners, parents and their children.
  • COLAGE: COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s.
  • LGBT Directory of Services and Resources: A comprehensive listing of NYC LGBTQ health, support, and general interest organizations.
  • PFLAG: PFLAG National is the umbrella organization for PFLAG chapters across the country.
  • Straight Spouse Network: An international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems.
  • SAMSHA’S Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, is a free kit of materials to help staff in schools, youth-serving agencies, and suicide prevention programs provide a workshop on suicide prevention among LGBT youth. Individuals attending this workshop may include teachers, school administrators, child welfare staff, clergy, group home staff, juvenile justice staff, foster parents, therapists, and recreation workers.

  • Trans Family: TransFamily provides support, education, advocacy, and outreach for the transgendered community, families, friends, partners, and allies of all ages, through meetings, presentations, seminars, media outreach, and an emergency resource hotline.

Social Sites

Support Groups

Transgender-Intersex Resources

Youth

  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center's Health Outreach To Teens (HOTT): A confidential and safe onsite and van health service for LGBTQ youth 13-24Campus Pride: The only national organization working to empower LGBT college students and organizers.
  • Campus Climate Index: An index ranking LGBT life on various college campuses.
  • The Door: Empowering young people to reach their potential. Specific outreach to LGBT youth.
  • GSA Network: Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
  • GLBT National Help Center: Provides free and confidential telephone and internet counseling, information and local resources for LGBTQ callers.
  • GLBTNearMe: Find local social and support resources within the LGBT community.
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute: Providing a safe school environment for LGBTQ youth aged 12-21.
  • LGBT Campus: Provides resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni.
  • LGBT Community Center: The Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program exists at the LGBT Center to provide LGBT young people with community support to foster healthy development, in a safe, affirming, sex-positive, alcohol- and drug-free environment.
  • LGBT Directory of Services and Resources: A comprehensive listing of NYC LGBTQ health, support, and general interest organizations.
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition: A national organization seeking to strenghten the role of LGBTQ youth in the broader gay rights movement.
  • Sylvia's Place: Emergency overnight shelter for LGBTQ youth.
  • Trevor Project: Leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ youth. They operate a 24 hour nationwide hotline to provide assistance.

References:

 

American Psychiatric Association (1973). DSM-II: Diagnostic and statistical manual of the mental disorders. (2nd ed., 6th printing). Washington: Author.

Charlés, L.,L., Thomas, D., & Thornton, M. L. (2005). Overcoming bias toward same-sex couples: A case study from inside an MFT ethics classroom. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 31(3), 239-49.

Hughes, T. L., & Eliason, M. (2002). Substance use and abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 22(3), 263-298.

Johnson, J., & Stewart, D. E. (2010). DSM-V: Toward a gender sensitive approach to psychiatric diagnosis. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 13(1), 17-9. doi: 10.1007/s00737-009-0115-0

Newton, D. E. (1994). Gay and lesbian rights: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: Instructional Horizons, Inc.